New Delhi: Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha’s son Jayant and late Pramod Mahajan’s daughter Poonam were among the 100 candidates finalized on Thursday by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Lok Sabha elections. Noteworthy too was the inclusion of new joinee Ram Kripal Yadav against Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti from Pataliputra constituency.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will contest from Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh, according to the list of nominees that also fielded former RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav, who joined the party on Thursday, against Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti from Pataliputra constituency in Bihar.

The much-expected consideration of seats in Uttar Pradesh was not made in on Thursday’s meeting of the party’s central election committee which will meet again on Saturday.

Thursday’s meeting decided to field former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha’s son Jayant from Hazaribagh constituency in Jharkhand.

“The decision was taken after senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha expressed his desire not to contest elections due to his age and said he will continue to serve the party by remaining out of electoral politics," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said. Pramod Mahajan’s daughter and BJYM secretary Poonam Mahajan has been fielded by the party from Mumbai North-Central constituency against Priya Dutt of Congress.

The party on Thursday finalized a total of 100 candidates in 11 states, including 25 in Bihar, 24 in Madhya Pradesh, 13 in Jharkhand, 14 in Kerala, seven in West Bengal, six in Assam, five in Karnataka and two in Maharashtra. This was the third list of BJP nominees and the first two lists had featured 106 candidates.

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